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Unforgettable China School Visit For Torquay Teachers

posted Nov 16, 2015, 8:55 AM by Caroline Dansey   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 12:54 PM ]
Two teachers from Barton Hill Academy enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity over half term to witness life in a Chinese school.

The trip followed a visit to Barton Hill last year by teachers from the same Chinese school in Chengdu in south west China. With 2,000 pupils it is small by national standards although it serves a city of around 14 million people, the fifth largest in the country.

Their journey was funded by The British Council having been selected from well over 100 applications. Teachers Alison Birchall and Jane Mosley found their Asian visit an unforgettable one. Alison said: "It was an amazing experience seeing how education differs and how our children have so many facilities at hand. It was wonderful to see their way of learning and exchanging thoughts with the Chinese teachers who came to us earlier."

Jane added: "We were greatly impressed with the very warm welcome we received and enjoyed the specially performed orchestral music and Chinese story told through dance and mime."

Jane and Alison took part in lessons in calligraphy, maths, music art, science and physical education in classes of fifty children. Teachers and pupils from the two schools will continue to work closely together to develop cultural understanding and explore teaching and learning approaches.